Tom re-joined the Branston team as General Manager of the new Protein extraction facility in 2023. He initially joined Branston back in 2013 on the graduate programme, completing placements in Technical and Finance before moving into Operations, being promoted to managing Site Services, then Raw Materials Operations.
He has undertaken a number of roles, at Branston and elsewhere, to build his expertise in Production and Operations Management. This has prepared him to return at a very exciting time for the business. Tom is investing his valuable experience of commissioning new facilities as Branston Protein, which has taken many years of research and development, begins factory scale production. He will be working with a highly skilled team to optimise the technology in order to convert large volumes of a low value by-product into high quality functional protein to meet customers’ exacting specifications.
Mark has a wide range of experience in the fresh food industry, having spent 19 years working his way through roles in Transport, then Production and up to General Manager with Noble Foods. He started there after serving in the army, where he gained valuable mechanical and electrical expertise.
He joined Branston in July 2023 as General Manager of Fresh packing factory at Lincoln. The varied roles have given him a good grounding, helping him to take all aspects of the business into consideration. As he leads the site team towards challenging goals ahead, his focus is on health & safety, quality and people development.
Gareth has been working in food factories since he was 18. After graduating from Bristol Business School, he spent a further 13 years in food businesses, getting a good grounding in a range of operational and technical management roles.
He joined the Branston team as General Manager of the Prepared foods division in 2022, bringing with him extensive knowledge of both fresh and ready-to-eat food manufacturing. Gareth is responsible for day-to-day running of the Prepared foods and Prepared Ingredients factories, balancing safety, cost, service and people management, as well as longer-term business initiatives.
South West site
Jonathan has a wealth of experience in the food sector, having performed operational and management roles at Kerry Foods Limited, QV Foods Limited, Brake Bros and Westaway Sausages Limited across a period spanning over twenty years.
Jonathan joined the company as General Manager in September 2017. He is responsible for the day to day operation of all aspects of the South West site, as well as short and long term planning, procurement, quality and health & safety programmes.
Kevin was brought up on a potato farm and he worked on the farm at weekends, grading potatoes and driving tractors from an early age. He started working for Stokes Bomford Potatoes in 1987 as a tractor/forklift driver, then moved to AR Scott in 1989.
In 1990 he joined the team at the Scotland site, when it was still WCF Potatoes, and by 1999 he had been promoted from Forklift Driver to Team Leader, then Site Manager. He took over as General Manager of the Scotland site in 2015.